Siemens PLC

What's New with Siemens PLCs?

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We take a quick look at what's new with Siemens PLCs in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 14 Show Notes: Check out the full session video at the Siemens...

S7 PLCsim Advanced

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While you are programming an automation application, it is sometimes useful to do some coding without the real hardware in the field, for example with a cup of fresh coffee at the warm office. Sure,...

S7 PLCsim

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While you are programming an automation application, it is sometimes useful to do some coding without the real hardware in the field, for example with a cup of fresh coffee at the warm office. Sure,...

What's New In TIA Portal v17 (P71)

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In this episode of The Automation Podcast, I sit down with John DeTellem and Luis Narvaez with Siemens to learn what's new in TIA Portal v17. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located...

Example Application: Reading ControlLogix Tags into a Siemens S7-1200

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In my last article, I went through the necessary steps to read and write data to and from tags in a ControlLogix via a program in a Siemens S7 PLC. In today's article I'll go...

How To Read and Write to ControlLogix Tags from a Siemens S7 PLC

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I would think that it would be extremely nice to have an entire manufacturing environment using the exact same control system with the same hardware and software throughout, but I can imagine that there...

Writing your first TIA code in SCL

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Sometimes it's hard writing PLC code in LAD (ladder logic) or FBD (function block diagram). Especially, if you have to do some math work or mass operations. In these cases you can easily use SCL/ST...

New User Project: Flashing Lights with a PLC

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I was nineteen years old the first time I ever used a computer and learned the possibilities of what would be my career ahead, but young people today have an advantage. They have used phones,...

Using Function Blocks in the S7-1200

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When we develop programs in any application, it's important for the project to be as efficient, as consistent, and as accurate as possible. Something that Siemens has incorporated into their PLC’s to help with efficiently...

Technology Object – PID_Compact

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So far in this series I've created a functioning PLC program in my S7-1200, and an HMI project in my Basic Panel to manipulate and operate the program. Now I'm looking to enhance my application...

S7-1200 First Program – Home Sprinkler System

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In my previous articles I've covered installing and licensing the TIA Portal software, setting up and configuring the CPU and I/O modules, as well as compiling and downloading a program, and then going online...

S7-1200 Going Online, Run Mode, LED & CPU Status

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In the last article I ended after compiling and downloading to the S7 1200. In this article, I am going online with the CPU, changing the Mode to “RUN” and exploring the status information and...

TIA Portal First Steps: Add CPU, Configure, and Download

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In my last few articles I've covered unboxing my new Siemens Starter Kit, assembling the hardware, connecting power, installing and licensing the TIA Portal software, and creating my first project. In this article, I will...

Licensing and Opening TIA Portal for the First Time

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In my first article on the Siemens Starter Kit, which includes the S7-1200 FailSafe CPU, I covered unboxing and contents, powering up the unit and loading the Simatic software. The next step seems to be...

Siemens S7-1200FC Failsafe Starter-Kit

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Since the beginning of my career back in 2000, I have worked with quite a few different automation vendors and products. The first PLC I ever touched was an old Allen Bradley SLC 100, and...

IFM Encoder to S7-1500 HSC (S50B)

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Learn how to connect and use an Encoder with an S7-1500 High Speed Counter Input and Technology Object in TIA Portal in this episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check out the "Show...

IFM Encoder to S7-1200 HSC (S50A)

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Learn how to connect and use an Encoder with an S7-1200 High Speed Counter Input in TIA Portal in this episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below...

Using Siemens S7-1200 Signal Modules (S48)

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Learn how to add and use Siemens S7-1200 Signal Modules in this episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 48 Show Notes: A...

IFM Temperature Sensor: Setup, Wire, Use (S47)

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In this episode of The Automation Show I setup a new IFM TN2511 Temperature Sensor, then wire it up to both a S7-1500 and CompactLogix to test it out. For more information, check out the...

Siemens S7-1500: First Time Wiring and Programming (S45)

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In this episode of The Automation Show I wire and program my first Siemens S7-1500 PLC. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 45 Show Notes: A huge...